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May 08, 2009


It is so sad about your friend's home in Santa Barbara. It would almost seem sometimes that people with immense understanding and compassion have to endure more suffering than others. Perhaps this is why they grow in ways that are inspiring. This was a very touching post, and I am writing down the quote on love and acceptance in my journal. The rose is so beautiful!

Hi Cornelia - yes, I do have that book and like it very much, and just discovered Tara's Web site. I've thought of our conversation about books often - hope you are doing well and that classes will be lighter this summer?

Thanks, Heather, Mal and Mary Beth for your comments - I appreciate them very much!

Do you know the book Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach? If not, I think you'd enjoy it. Tara is the founder of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington. You can listen to some of her dharma talks and read more about her work here http://www.imcw.org/. Her book is high up on that list of books I'd recommend that we talked about.

I like the be willing to be surprised statement. Very relevant to all sorts of things in life.

Sorry to hear about your friend and her house. I'd like to think I could be that kind of person to take such things in stride, but when I'm honest with myself, I'm not sure. Thank you for telling us of her good example.

Thank you for commenting at The Stitchery, Elaine. I hope you'll speak up again some time. We share many interests. I took Sandra Ericson's Vionnet draping class this past January...pattern fun!

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10 Qualities of Slow Cloth, by Elaine Lipson

  • I defined Slow Cloth several years ago on this blog. Read the original post at http://lainie.typepad.com/redthread/2008/01/this-must-be-th-1.html. (Copyright Elaine Lipson 2007-2011; all rights reserved).
  • Joy
    Slow Cloth has the possibility of joy in the process. In other words, the journey matters as much as the destination.
  • Contemplation
    Slow Cloth offers the quality of meditation or contemplation in the process.
  • Skill
    Slow Cloth involves skill and has the possibility of mastery.
  • Diversity
    Slow Cloth acknowledges the rich diversity and multicultural history of textile art.
  • Teaching
    Slow Cloth honors its teachers and lineage even in its most contemporary expressions.
  • Materials
    Slow Cloth is thoughtful in its use of materials and respects their source.
  • Quality
    Slow Cloth artists, designers, crafters and artisans want to make things that last and are well-made.
  • Beauty
    It's in the eye of the beholder, yes, but it's in our nature to reach for beauty and create it where we can.
  • Community
    Slow Cloth supports community by sharing knowledge and respecting relationships.
  • Expression
    Slow Cloth is expressive of individuals and/or cultures. The human creative force is reflected and evident in the work.


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